Falling Uphill for kids

Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.
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Falling Uphill in Kenya

Inspiring dreams Finally, it took two months for my package of books to arrive in Kenya. I marked the package “educational material for children,” and luckily no one stole it as often happens. I love how the photo captures them jumping in the air, just like they are falling uphill.

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Vamos Chicas, a young girls club pose in front of a scenic Paraguay mountiain.
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Vamos Chicas Vamos

The Spanish edition of my “Falling Uphill” kids book “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” is being used by the Peace Corp in Paraguay to teach kids how to read and dream.

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Falling Uphill in Paraguay with the Peace Corps

Scott Stoll is an author from my hometown who served as the U.S. Embassy’s cultural ambassador in Argentina during the 2011-2012 school year. His time in Argentina and collaboration with Argentine schools resulted in a Spanish language version of his book, Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life, about his 4 year journey around the world on his bicycle.

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Students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of "Cayendo Hacia Arriba," the book that we created together.
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Celebrating the book

Students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” the book that we created together. In my opinion, the celebration of the book is the most important step. It helps the students realize their purpose in life, take a step of action with their passion.

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Welcome to Yebrail Matta school
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Ambassador to Argentina

A quick summary of my trip as Cultural Ambassador to Argentina with my 5th and favorite video of distributing 2000 books to the kids.

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US Embassy Buenos Aires folders
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Return to Argentina

I was honored to return to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador of the US Department of State. Read the overview and see the movies.

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Scott presenting his story of bicycling around the world
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Sharing my story in Argentina

As the Honorary Cultural Ambassador to Argentina, here I am sharing my story with an elementary school in Corrientes, Argentina, the same place I got stuck in the mud for 5 days.

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Chaco Governor Capitanich Cayendo Hacia Arriba
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Spreading the love

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief Mr. Brown presented the governor of Chaco, Argentina with gift copies of the book “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” by Scott Stoll, and illustrated by school students from the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes and Buenos Aires.

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Make-A-Book Project Certificate of Achievement
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Certificate of Recognition

I’m very excited. This Thursday the Ambassador to Argentina will be visiting some elementary schools in Buenos Aires to read the new Spanish edition of my children’s book. The kids will be receiving their own copy of the book and the certificate of recognition pictured above.

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The new book on the floor of the printer's shop waiting to be bound. Each stack is a set of pages.
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The making of the book

Here is my new book on the floor of the print shop waiting to be bound. It’s the Spanish edition of the kid’s book, “Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life.” I needed to hover over the guys at the print shop because it just wasn’t getting done on schedule. Aah! And the books need to be on an airplane to Argentina the next day!

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My most popular story in the Americas

My most popular article about my bicycle ride around the world. It appeared in almost every country from Argentina all the way up to Canada. Quite probably millions of people saw this story.

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